With Halloween done and dusted for another year, it’s time for everyone to really start thinking about the Christmas holidays! After all, it’s less than 2 months away (in fact, it’s just 48 days from today).
Aside from all of the Christmas shopping that we all leave so late, there is a myriad of different things that you could be doing over the festive season. From watching the Christmas lights being turned on in your local city/town to going and watching a Christmas show, there’s no end of great activities for you and your family.
So we decided to take a look at our picks for the top 5 accessible shows that you can see this Christmas!
The Snowman – Peacock Theatre, London
The Snowman is one of the most highly recognised and well-regarded Christmas tales of all time. It’s right up there with the likes of A Christmas Carol. So, it should come as no surprise that we are including it on this list of the top accessible Christmas shows.
Being held at the Peacock Theatre in London, you’ll find that the entrances are flat and the venue has lifts going to each floor. As if that wasn’t enough already, the auditorium itself has an array of wheelchair-accessible spaces.
This means that you and your entire family can enjoy this theatrical production of a true Classic classic! So, get ready to sing along as you enjoy a live rendition of “Walking in the Air”.
Aladdin – King’s Theatre, Glasgow
Moving away from more traditional theatrical shows, the next on our list falls well and truly into the pantomime territory. Aladdin throws in all of the punches when it comes to over the top humour, eccentric characters and a wealth of gags & songs to keep you entertained.
As for the King’s Theatre, you can expect a warm welcome and great accessibility! The venue offers a variety of access performances for a wide range of needs, whilst also having wheelchair spaces and transfer seats.
On top of this, you’ll also find shows that are audio described, or even relaxed performances designed to be enjoyable for those on any range of the autism spectrum.
Nativity: The Musical – Festival Theatre, Edinburgh
Back in 2009, the first film in the Nativity series was released staring Martin Freeman. Now, you won’t be seeing the good Mr. Freeman in the stage production version, but Nativity: The Musical still follows the tale of a frustrated teaching trying to help his school put on the best nativity play.
It’s a heart-warming story that can now be enjoyed through the medium of songs! Nativity: The Musical features amazing dance routines, brimming with comedy, in front of dazzling set pieces. However, that isn’t enough to get it featured on our list of the top accessible Christmas shows for 2018.
As well as an amazing show, at the Festival Theatre, you will also find wheelchair seats with room for companions. On top of that, there is flat access to the various stalls and the ability to pre-book a wheelchair as well.
Alice in Wonderland – Sherman Theatre, Cardiff
Everyone loves the weird and wonderful tale of Alice’s misadventures after she goes down the rabbit hole. With amazing characters like the Mad Hatter and the Queen of Hearts, Alice in Wonderland is a tale of fantastic events that will steal your heart.
The stage production of Alice in Wonderful manages to capture everything you know and love about the tale, adding in outstanding costumes, immaculate set pieces and accessibility options to suit your needs.
For example, whilst you would need to buy a ticket, your companion would be given admission for free. On top of this, the show can be audio-described as well, with captioned performances also planned throughout the Christmas season.
Cinderella – Swansea Grand Theatre
Going back to the delightful Christmas tradition of the pantomime, we round off this list of the top accessible Christmas shows with Cinderella. Starring Ian Watkins, most famous as “H” from the 90s pop group Steps, you can expect some truly upbeat entertainment, with cries of “he’s behind you”, in this over the top rendition of such a timeless tale.
When it comes to accessibility, the Swansea Grand Theatre offers relaxed showings, sign language and audio-described performances. There is also flat access to the stalls and bar, as well as lifts to other floors and seats specially designed to allow for wheelchair access.
On top of this, members of the Hynt access scheme can get a free ticket for their companion, and there is also a hearing loop system installed in the venue as well.
Get In The Christmas Spirit
Those were our top 5 picks for accessible Christmas shows that you and your family can enjoy this Christmas. So it’s time to embrace the Christmas spirit, get out and have some fun with your loved ones during the festive season.
But before you go and book your tickets, why not take a look at our recent article covering our recommended wheelchair accessories? That way, you can make sure you’re as comfortable as possible, allowing you to enjoy your chosen show even more. If you have any questions about making sure you are carrying the right wheelchair accessories, feel free to call us on 01733 342242.